How I Prep for NaNoWriMo

Hello everyone.

I released a new YouTube video today discussing how I prepare for National Novel Writing Month.

You can watch my new video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdnDou7mqSs

This year I am rewriting the first half of my epic fantasy novel, A Clash of Crimson, and hopefully I’ll be able to write the unfinished second half.

Since I already had my idea and most of my characters going into Preptober, I didn’t have to come up with something new. You might think that gave me an advantage. Honestly, I’m not sure if it did. I’ve changed so much and questioned everything.

This past month I’ve created a new 9-page outline for my novel, worked on the goals/motives/backstory/personality types for my main characters, reworked the cover of my novel, created maps of my world and cities, and I’ve been organizing everything.

I also let people (strangers, btw) read the last draft of A Clash of Crimson for the first time. I provided a few chapters and received some great feedback.

I’ll be back with more posts as NaNoWriMo begins. Until then, thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next time 🙂

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Greetings, AuthorTube/WriterTube!

I finally did. After years of only uploading videos of my hikes, adventures, drone footage, and narrative films, I decided to launch a separate YouTube channel just for my writing.

I finally did. After years of only uploading videos of my hikes, adventures, drone footage, and narrative films, I decided to launch a separate YouTube channel just for my writing.

Welcome to Chase Charaba Writes (also titled A Writer’s Outlook, just like this blog). On this new channel I plan to upload videos about my writing projects and my quest to finish an epic fantasy novel and get it published. I’ll also be vlogging about my National Novel Writing Month experience this year, and I may even read some old writing.

You can check out my first video and subscribe here.

I’ll be coming back to blog during NaNoWriMo, because I know that I’ll need to vent about it this year. See you then!

Most recent video on YouTube:

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I’ll be drafting some proper blog posts for this month as I try to get back into the swing of things this year. For now, I wanted to leave you with a link to my first video of 2017, which I published on my YouTube channel at 11 a.m. Pacific.

I spent a few hours on New Years Eve snowshoeing at Mount Rainier National Park. It ended up being a sunny day with clear, blue skies and full visibility of the mountain and other peaks. It was between 15 and 20 degrees up there, but it was still nice.

I tried a few new things with this video. I used some new transitions that I downloaded for Premiere Pro, and I actually did some color grading on my cinematic shots. It didn’t turn out like I wanted it to, but I’m alright with it because it’s still better than the stuff I was publishing for much of last year.

Giving it a like would mean the world to me.

Until my next post, I hope you have a great New Years Day! What did you do to celebrate? Let me know in the comments.

2016 in Review (video)

2016 is quickly coming to a close.

It’s been an interesting year with elections, celebrity deaths, and terrible disasters. But, it wasn’t all bad. I decided to make a video with the highlights of my 2016, sharing some of the adventures I’ve been on and some of the places that I’ve been privileged to visit this year.

I hope you all enjoy this montage. Be sure to like it on YouTube and comment with your favorite part. I’d love to see more of you over there.

Thank you for everything this year. Here’s to an even better 2017.

Trip to Washington DC – Part One

I went to Washington, D.C. last week for the Associated College Press National College Media Convention.

Throughout the week I’ll be posting about each of the five days that I was there along with a video of my trip.

I hope you enjoy!

Day 1

I arrived in Washington, D.C. on October 19, 2016 at about 9:30 p.m. EST. It wasn’t a terribly long flight, but the 3 hour time change and the extreme humidity threw me off.

We took an airport shuttle to the Grand Hyatt hotel in downtown Washington, where we checked into our rooms after sorting out some booking issues. From there we had a late night dinner in the Chinatown district and stayed up until 3 a.m.

A few things about D.C. immediately came to my attention. It definitely had that House of Cards vibe, and people who walk the streets at night are scary. Also, people drive terribly there.

Diversity & Inclusion in College Media

From September 30 to October 1 I attended the College Media Summit on Diversity & Inclusion at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

I went as a small delegation from my campus newspaper. We made the 4.5 hour drive down from Washington to attend workshops and to listen to speakers about what college media can do to be more diverse and inclusive and to better represent the people we serve.

It was a very interesting event and I’m glad that I was able to be there. Below I have included the video I made during the event. Please check it out and leave a like and a comment if you enjoyed it or want to know more about this awesome event.

#CMADiversity

 

I Went on a Road Trip

Hello WordPress.

The summer is drawing to a close, so I’ve trying to make the most of it. On Friday I left my house at 2:50 am to begin the 240 mile drive through North Cascades National Park and to the town of Winthrop, Washington.

I have never been that far north, and it was a very interesting trip. We attempted to summit Sourdough Mountain, but we only made it 4 miles in before turning around (buy hey, 8 miles is still a pretty good hike). We also stopped at Diablo Lake, which might be one of the coolest places on the planet! The water is incredible.

Then we stopped for the night in Withrop, a western-themed town along the Methow River in the middle of nowhere. The hotel was nice and the town is really quiet.

I recorded much of the trip, so feel free to watch my video below to see what I did during the first half of the trip!

Vlog #10: Waterfall Wednesday – Victor Falls

Here’s the tenth vlog on the YouTube channel that my brother and I started. We explored Victor Falls, a 70-foot waterfall in Bonney Lake, Washington. It’s rare to have a waterfall in the middle of an urban area, especially in Washington. Plus it’s only a few minutes from our house, so we had to check it out!

Be sure to give the video a like (and maybe consider subscribing. It would mean the world to me) and comment that you arrived from this blog!